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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Nov 11, 2010 7:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Veterans Day

I big thank-you to those that are serving or have served , and their families .

http://www.veteransairlift.org/
Veterans Airlift Command provides free flights for vets , wounded soldiers and/or their families . VAC's assistance includes vets from other conflicts ( Vietnam ).

http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
The Wounded Warrior Project helps vets with wounds of all kinds . The site is iffy this morning due to heavy traffic ; but if need help beyond the VA , they are one of the best non-profits .

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Poster: user unknown Date: Nov 11, 2010 10:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Veterans Day

http://www.olive-drab.com/images/wall_05_women_3_700.jpg

All gave some..some gave all

Thanks to all who have served, and those now serving.

Happy Veterans Day to all.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Nov 11, 2010 10:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Veterans Day

Thanks for the links, Micah -- especially WWP. A good way to celebrate the day.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Nov 11, 2010 12:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Veterans Day

U.S. shifts Afghan strategy, now plans pullout by 2014
By Nancy A. Youssef
McClatchy Newspapers
Posted on Wed, Nov. 10, 2010

BAD NEWS from WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has decided to begin publicly walking away from what it once touted as key deadlines in the war in Afghanistan. This is an effort to deemphasize President Obama's pledge that he would begin withdrawing U.S. forces next July, administration and military officials have told McClatchy Newspapers.

The new policy will be on display next week during a conference of NATO countries in Lisbon, Portugal. The administration hopes to introduce a timeline that calls for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan by 2014. This is when Afghan President Hamid Karzai once said Afghan troops could provide their own security, three senior officials told McClatchy.

The Pentagon also has decided not to announce specific dates for handing security responsibility for several Afghan provinces to local officials, and instead intends to work out a more vague definition of transition when it meets with its NATO allies.

What a year ago had been touted as an extensive December review of the strategy now also will be less expansive and will offer no major changes in strategy, the officials said. So far, the U.S. Central Command has not submitted any kind of withdrawal order for forces for the July deadline, two of those officials said.

The shift already has begun privately and came in part because U.S. officials realized that conditions in Afghanistan were unlikely to allow a speedy withdrawal.

"During our assessments, we looked at if we continue to move forward at this pace, how long before we can fully transition to the Afghans? Of course, we are not going to fully transition to the Afghans by July 2011," said one senior official. "Right now, we think we can start in 2011 and fully transition sometime in 2014."


I am 100% opposed to needless and senseless wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. By making Peace, we can bring our troops home immediately, and be united again. We need to recognize that the highest honor we can bestow upon our troops and warriors is to make them and their families safe and secure. Peace through strength and honor is our best possible method of achieving security for everyone of us. The quickest and most honorable path to peace is reached smoothly and seamlessly through the truth and reconciliation peace process.
Veterans Day
Veterans Day
Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982, holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War.
Official nameVeterans Day
Observed byUnited States
TypeFederal
SignificanceHonors the 24.9 million military veterans in the United States
DateNovember 11 (or nearest weekday)
ObservancesParades, ceremonies honoring local veterans
Related toArmistice Day, Remembrance Day

AWOL Soldier Fights for His Right to Heal

the image"I am just trying to get help," insisted Jeff Hanks, active duty US Army infantryman, who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. "My goal in this situation is to simply heal. And they wonder why there are so many suicides." Jeff spoke rapidly over the phone from Virginia, where he, his wife and his two young daughters are staying while he is AWOL from the military. Days earlier, Jeff had walked out of an airport, refusing to board a plane headed for Kuwait, which was to be his first stop on his way back to Afghanistan.

Jeff Hanks has refused to return to Afghanistan due to the injuries he has sustained in battle.  With the help of Iraq Veterans Against the War's Operation Recovery Campaign, Jeff is getting the medical care, and moral and legal support he needs.  There are thousands of soldiers like Jeff who are being denied their right to heal by the U.S. military so it can continue its ongoing occupations.  Jeff's full story is contained in this article, originally published by Truthout.org... Iraq Veterans Against The War

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The numbers of our U.S. Troops returning home disabled are higher today than we had previously estimated. It’s close to 50% now. Best estimate, our new numbers puts this cost in excess of $900 billion. These are unfunded liabilities. This is a moral obligation. They fought for us. It's unfunded, totally unfunded.

What’s known as "post-traumatic stress disorder" has been called many other names throughout the years. During the Civil War in the 1860s, it was called "insanity" or "melancholia." During World War I, it was "shell-shock." And in World War II, it was "combat fatigue."

They’ve just come up with the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress in the last 30 years, even though we know that it’s been the handmaiden of warfare ever since the beginning of time. If you have war, you have post-traumatic stress. And we have to think about that before we send our men and women into warfare.

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Poster: luvvdubz73 Date: Nov 12, 2010 5:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Veterans Day

AWOL soldiers dishonor us all...no matter what their reasons are.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Nov 12, 2010 10:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Veterans Day

happy belated Vet's day to you all!!
FREE LEMONADE!

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Poster: luvvdubz73 Date: Nov 12, 2010 11:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Veterans Day

i luvV lemonade

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Nov 11, 2010 9:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Veterans Day

Yes indeed a very Big Thanks you to the Veteran's and their families and loved ones. Keep Up the Good Work and may God Bless You!

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 11, 2010 8:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Veterans Day

On behalf of my son, a Sgt in the 2/75th Rangers out of Ft.Lewis in WA, thank you for the message. As many here know, I've been bouncing around these parts since his first tour in the Sand Pit (just returned from his 2nd) and you folks most certainly helped take the edge off with all of your support and humor. Now that he is contemplating re-upping again to go to Special Forces school, I may rely on the resident freaks in this place to help me keep sane (I know, that sounds REALLY weird, but it seems to work).
Indeed, thank you to all the folks (here and elsewhere) who made the decision to put somthing else ahead of themselves and potentially risk everything for an often-times ungrateful populace.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 11, 2010 1:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Veterans Day

Hey P--must have mixed emotions about that, but for what it's worth, tell him we all said "hooAHhh!" in one form or another, My youngest is getting set for OCS with Marines this upcoming summer, and my two nephews that went that route are both now deciding whether to reup or move on (they both went in at the same time 4+ yrs back). What's strange is how different "our" kids are from what "we" were like in the late 60s/early 70s when I knew a single person that went into the service voluntarily (and really, it was to get an education, if you follow).

Hang in there, and best of luck to him (and you and Mrs Hol--er, Mrs SDH) whichever he decides on (the two nephews have some nice options on the outside, jobwise, so the experience can really pay off, as you well know).

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 11, 2010 1:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Veterans Day

I must say that the pride I have in him is overwhelming at times (I know: big sin, but who cares?). Just to think that I may have had even the slightest bit to do with the outstanding human being he has become is hard to fathom. Nothing but the best wishes and heartfelt gratitude to your family as well.

On a side note, but still related, relates to the relastionship between the Army and the Marines. A good friend of my son's went into the Marines about the same time he went into the Army. Whenever they are able to get together (which is altogether too infrequently), it is incredibly funny. One recent exchange was started by the jarhead who said "You army pussies are freakin' spoiled. You get all the newest toys, while they expect us to do all the real work with your hand me downs"
To which my son said "That's only because we know how to read the directions".

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 11, 2010 2:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Veterans Day

Hey, if you can't take pride in your kids, and talk to us about here, then WTF??! Anyone that considers it otherwise, frankly, can kiss Dire's big hairy ass.

Hmmm, sorry for that overly graphic depiction that may be lodged in your brain for the next five minutes.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 11, 2010 2:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Veterans Day

Better lodged in my brain than, say, Dire's big hairy ass.

Now THAT'S a name for a band!

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Nov 11, 2010 3:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Veterans Day

SDH , with respect , it must be overwhelming to see your son , on point , protecting us . Crow all damn day long .

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Poster: madmonkmcphee Date: Nov 11, 2010 8:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Veterans Day

You're a real class act micah, thanks for the reminder. BIG thanks to all vets!

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